The NCAA Tournament schedule for 2013 brings the second round of March Madness brackets, also known as "the round of 64," on Thursday, March 21. Games are set to be televised and live streaming online throughout the day, with the potential for upsets and new Cinderella stories to unfold within the March Madness bracket.
According to a report from Kentucky.com on March 19, #1 overall seed Louisville will be among the teams competing in Thursday's games, with their game against North Carolina A&T scheduled for 6:50 p.m. EST. One other #1 seed will compete earlier in the day on Thursday and that's Gonzaga. They finished #1 overall in the college basketball polls and will take on #16 seed Southern University with the game on TBS at 4:10 p.m. EST.
However, the hoops action begins with a game at 12:15 p.m. EST pitting #14 seed Valparaiso against #3 seed Michigan State. CBS will provide the opening coverage of this second round game. At 12:40 p.m. another game gets going, as #6 Butler takes on #11 Bucknell on truTB. An hour after that start at 1:40 p.m. EST, it's #9 Wichita State against #8 Pittsburgh on TBS. TNT starts its coverage at 2:10 p.m. EST with #13 New Mexico State vs. #4 Saint Louis.
State school Virginia Commonwealth has been a favorite of some analysts who believe the team could reach the Final Four again this year. According to the tournament schedule, VCU, a #5 seed this year, will begin play on Thursday at 9:45 p.m. EST against #12 seed Akron with CBS covering the game.
There are no #2 seeds in action on Thursday, but #3 Marquette, who shared part of the Big East regular season title, will play #14 Davidson at 3:10 p.m. EST on tru TV, and #3 New Mexico will compete at 9:50 p.m. EST against Ivy League school Harvard on TNT. Other teams in action on Thursday will include #5 Oklahoma State, #4 Michigan, and #4 Syracuse.
Second and third round games are set to be televised this week and weekend on CBS, TBS, TNT and tru TV. Additionally, there is the March Madness Live app available for download which allows viewers to see NCAA Tournament games live streaming via their computers or mobile devices. See more details here at NCAA.com.
See the complete NCAA Tournament schedule for Thursday via ESPN.com.